Practice Report/Update – 9/28

From the Truman Sports Complex

CB Brandon Flowers was taking part in the Chiefs practice Wednesday afternoon, although he was obviously moving at less than full speed.

Flowers injured his right leg ankle against San Diego last Sunday and left the game in the second quarter and did not return. He went through the positional drills with the defensive backs during the media open window of practice, but he was moving gingerly.

The same could be said for SS Jon McGraw who suffered a bruised left knee shin in San Diego. He was dressed, taking part in practice, but moving at less than 100 percent. Added to that list could be OLB Tamba Hali and DE Glenn Dorsey, who took part in some of the position drills, but no others.

Rookie WR Jonathan Baldwin caught the ball for the first time in six weeks, as he was active in part of the early practice. He appeared to have nothing on his right hand but a glove. But at one point, Baldwin left the field and went to the locker room. He returned just as the media was ushered off the field, so his activity after that is unknown.

The team’s official injury/practice report listed Flowers, McGraw and Baldwin as limited participants. Rookie DE Brandon Bair did not practice because of illness.

Baldwin spoke to the media for the first time in six weeks but refused to talk about the locker room incident with teammate Thomas Jones that caused his broken right thumb, but he did say that he feels at home with the Chiefs. “My teammates see me every day,” Baldwin said. “They know what I’m about.”

He would not speculate when he might be able to play. “That’s up to the trainers and the coaches,” Baldwin said. “I’m doing what they tell me to do. I’m staying in the offense and studying and when they say go, I’ll be completely ready to go.”

And, the odd little games the Chiefs like to play with their roster continued on Wednesday as they again shuffled tight ends as they began the preparation week for Minnesota.

Back on the roster is TE Jake O’Connell. Gone from the roster is TE Anthony Becht.

It was just the opposite 12 days ago when they released O’Connell and brought in Becht. What’s changed in that time? Well other than what was an apparent pulled hamstring suffered by Becht in Sunday’s game against San Diego, nothing. Becht did not catch a pass in two games with the team, playing only in two TE situations as an extra blocker. The fact he might have been limited or out of practice had to be the major factor, even though head coach Todd Haley said it was not.

By bringing back O’Connell, the Chiefs know what they are getting – a tight end with limited pass catching skills. In 20 games he’s caught six passes for 53 yards. He had one catch in the opener for 15 yards. Hard to see how that improves the roster when adding a player that’s already been founding wanting just two weeks ago.

For the Vikings, their injury/practice report for Wednesday had RB Adrian Petersons (calf) and LB E.J. Henderson (knee) as not practicing. Listed as limited participants were S Tyrell Johnson (hip) and TE Jim Kleinsasser (elbow). Full participants included CB Asher Allen (toe), CB Chris Cook (groin) and DT Kevin Williams (foot).

10 Responses to “Practice Report/Update – 9/28”

  • September 28, 2011  - brainsmasher says:

    At last, we have the right 53.

  • September 28, 2011  - Josh says:

    What’s the over/under on number of weeks before this trade happens again?

  • September 28, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    brainsmasher – just turn it around:

    we have 53, right??

  • September 28, 2011  - el cid says:

    Think we could use the “talented” 53. This years right 53 are not so much, so far.

  • September 28, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Bob, I believe you predicted when O’Connell was cut that he would be back. Nicely done.

  • September 28, 2011  - ED J says:

    I think we will see Baldwin debut Sunday. Since he’s been catching balls without cast it seems like he’s ready to go.

  • September 28, 2011  - Michael says:

    If baldwin does debut, he must impress. He has much catching up to do and penance for his immaturity.

    That would move Breaston back into the slot, which he was originally brought in for, and the wideout vision from the draft can materialize; Bowe, Baldwin, and Breaston. Maybe all the Cassel haters will back off if he has targets. Granted, the line must shore up and the run game must take off.

    My vote is let McClain be the heavy and let TJ sit; was it just me or did he seem to be running in slow motion sunday or what. Good for the locker room, but time to pull back the reins on him.

    Finally, I really do not care who calls the plays, just pick something that works and leave it. Running back by committee can work in the NFL, however OC by the same must go. Haley, if your mastermind produced the second half than fine stick with it. You don’t have to fire Muir publicly, just let him build the game plan and then you do the rest. I think Chiefs fans, myself included, will be more than fine with it.

    GO CHIEFS!!!

    P.S. Here’s to a speedy recovery to Flowers, we need ya man.

    P.S.S Thanks for all the great work Bob.

  • September 28, 2011  - ED J says:

    LOL Cassel haters he it what he is getting Baldwin want change that he may do a little better than now like maybe take passing game from 32nd in the league to 25th but it want make huge difference. Bottom line good QB make receivers even better. ASk Deion Branch he went back to Pats look like totally different receiver from the guy in Seattle. Or Sidney Rice the yr he played with Brett Farve.

  • September 28, 2011  - ED J says:

    OFF the Cassel stuff. Big ups to Tyson Jackson for having good game Sunday. Hopefully he can build off that and continue to develop into player we thought he could be when taking him at #3 pick. We gone need it against AP Sunday.

  • September 28, 2011  - Michael says:

    ED, slow down. Your talk’n like the sheriff-of-rottingham is Men in Tights. Ritalin first, then post.

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